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Dr Neil Fleming

Principal Lecturer in Modern History

Institute of Humanities

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Neil Fleming is an historian of Britain, Ireland and empire since the nineteenth century. He has published widely and is currently engaged on a number of projects which include a study of metropolitan imperialism and government policy.

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research


Neil Fleming joined the University of Worcester in January 2011. He previously held lectureships at Cardiff University, Queen’s University Belfast, and Glasgow Caledonian University, and was the 16th Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Professor of British History, Westminster College, Missouri.

Erasmus Teaching

Karlstad University, Sweden         
University of Turku, Finland
University of Avignon, France
Technical University of Dortmund, Germany

Current Research

Neil Fleming is leader of the International Studies Research Group, University of Worcester.
His research is in modern British History, Irish History, metropolitan imperialism and Media History. He has been awarded stipendiary Research Fellowships at University College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast to pursue his own research interests. In 2005 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Current research projects include the Conservative right and imperialism, British foreign policy debates, and class and power in Irish Unionism. He has presented his work at seminars in Columbia University, New York; University of Toronto; Institute of Historical Research, London; Boston College; and conferences across the UK and USA.

Dr Fleming has been awarded the Caird Research Fellowship, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich; Anderson Fund, Society for Nautical Research; Scouloudi Research Award, Institute of Historical Research; a Research Grant, Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society; and a Research Grant, Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire. He has been Visiting Fellow, St Catherine’s College, Oxford; Senior Associate Member, St Antony’s College, Oxford; and Honorary Research Fellow, School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University.

Research Students

Angela Coss
Amy Dale
Lisa Davis
Anna Muggeridge       
Linda Pike

Former Research Students

Dr Jody Crutchley     
Dr Erika Delgado

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Member, Political Studies Association

Fellow, Royal Historical Society

Honorary Research Fellow, Cardiff University

Associate Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Member, Workers Educational Association

Member, Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Executive Committee member and Steering Committee member, History UK       

Fellow, Higher Education Academy



Monograph books

Britannia’s Zealots, Volume I:Tradition, Empire and the Forging of the Conservative Right (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018).      

The Marquess of LondonderryAristocracy, Power and Politics in Britain and Ireland (London: I.B. Tauris, 2005).

Edited Books

Charles Stewart Parnell and His Times: A Bibliography (Santa Barbara, CA, 2011) (with Alan O'Day).       

Ireland and Anglo-Irish Relations since 1800: Critical Essays (3 vols, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008) (with Alan O’Day).

The Longman Handbook of Modern Irish History since 1800 (London: Pearson, 2005) (with Alan O’Day).


'Women and Lancashire Conservatism between the Wars', Women's History Review, 26:3 (2017): 329-349.

‘The Imperial Maritime League: British Navalism, Conflict and the Radical Right, c. 1907–1920’, War in History, 23.3 (2016): 296-322.

'Lancashire Conservatives, Tariff Reform, and Indian Responsible Government', Contemporary British History, 30:2 (2016): 151-176.

‘Conquest, Empire and the Struggle for Supremacy’, War in History, 23:2 (2016): 251-256.   

‘Diehard Conservatives and the Appeasement of Nazi Germany, 1935–1940’, History: The Journal of the Historical Association, 100:341 (2015): 412-435.

'Political extremes and extremist politics’, Political Studies Review, 12:3 (2014): 395–401

‘Diehard Conservatism, mass democracy, and Indian constitutional reform, c. 1918-1935’, Parliamentary History, 32:2 (2013): 337-60

‘Cabinet government, British imperial security, and the World Disarmament Conference, 1932–1934’, War in History, 18:1 (2011): 62–84.

‘The press, empire and historical time: the Times and Indian self-government, c.1911-1947’, Media History, 16:2 (2010): 183-198

Echoes of Britannia: television history, empire and the critical public sphere’, Contemporary British History, 25:1 (2010): 1-22

“Incorrigibly plural’: new histories of Ulster and Northern Ireland’, Twentieth Century British History, 21:1 (2010): 110–17.

‘The first government of Northern Ireland, education reform, and the failure of anti-populist unionism, 1921-1925’, Twentieth Century British History, 18:2 (2007): 146-69.


‘Education since the late eighteenth century’, in Liam Kennedy and Phillip Ollerenshaw (eds), Ulster since 1600: Politics, Economy, and Society (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013): 211-227.

‘Gladstone and the Ulster Question’, in D. George Boyce and Alan O’Day (eds), Gladstone and Ireland: Politics, Religion and Nationality in the Victorian Age (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010): 140–61.

(with Alan O’Day) ‘Accommodation, conciliation and cooperation: a Gladstonian legacy’, in D. George Boyce and Alan O’Day (eds), Gladstone and Ireland: Politics, Religion and Nationality in the Victorian Age (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010): 233–55.

‘Leadership, the middle-classes and Ulster unionism since the late nineteenth century’, in Fintan Lane (ed.), Politics, Society and the Middle Class in Modern Ireland (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2009): 212–29.

‘Aristocratic appeasement: Lord Londonderry, Nazi Germany, and the promotion of Anglo-German misunderstanding’, Cardiff Historical Papers, 4 (Cardiff: Cardiff University, 2007): 1–36.

‘Landlords, power and loyalism in late-Victorian Ulster’, in Christine Kinealy and Roger Swift (eds), Politics and Power in Victorian Ireland (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006): 143–54.

‘The landed elite, power, and Ulster Unionism’, in D. George Boyce and Alan O’Day (eds), The Ulster Crisis, 1885–1921 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2006): 86–104.

‘Old and new Unionism: The seventh Marquess of Londonderry, 1905–1921’, in D.George Boyce and Alan O’Day (eds), Ireland in Transition, 1867–1921 (London: Routledge, 2004): 223–40.

‘Lord Londonderry and Ulster politics, 1921–6’, in Joost Augusteijn, Mary Ann Lyons and Deirdre McMahon (eds), Irish History: A Research Yearbook, 2 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2003): 72–80.

Shorter articles

'The rise of Women Conservtives in inter-war Lancashire', Conservative History Journal, 2:5 (2017): 12-16.

'Dr Alan O'Day (1940-2017): Historian of Ireland', Perspectives on History: The Magazine of the American Historical Association, 55:9 (2017).

'Conservatives, Patriotism and State Intervention: An Edwardian Inheritance', History & Policy (13 Oct. 2016).

'Brexit, the Commonwealth and the Problem of Imperial Nostalgia', History & Policy (8 July 2016).

'The Conservative Right, Europe and Anti-Americanism', History & Policy (22 April 2016).

Sunday Blues: Conservatives, Religion and Party Identity, History & Policy (31 March 2016).

'Diehard Conservatives: Southern English or Four Nations?', Four Nations History Network Blog (26 Feb. 2016).

'Revolting Grassroots: Conservative Prime Ministers and the Party Membership', History Matters (10 Feb. 2016).

'Brexit Stage Right: Conservative Eurosceptic Campaigns', History Matters (5 Oct 2015).

‘Political Extremes: Too Hot to Handle?’ History Matters (10 Sept. 2015).

‘Scaremonger or Patriot? Lionel Horton Smith and War with Germany’, British Library Untold Lives Blog (1 Sept. 2015).

‘Stanley Baldwin, The Times, and Indian self-government’, Conservative History Journal, 2:2 (2013): 8–12. 

‘Tory rebels: The inevitability of backbench revolts’, History & Policy (31 May 2012). 

‘A change of mind? [part 2] Churchill on India’, Memo: The Winston Churchill Memorial and Library in the United States, 33 (Winter, 2010): 10–13.

‘A change of mind? [part 1] Churchill on Ireland’, Memo: The Winston Churchill Memorial and Library in the United States, 31 (Summer, 2009): 10–12.

‘Aristocratic rule? Ulster unionism and Northern Ireland’, History Ireland, 15.6 (Nov./Dec., 2007): 26–31.

‘‘The Londonderry Herr’: Lord Londonderry and the appeasement of Nazi Germany’, History Ireland, 13.1 (Jan./Feb., 2005): 31–35. 

‘New Ireland, same old heroes’, Fortnight, 405 (June 2002): 33.

‘Lord Londonderry and education reform in 1920s Northern Ireland’, History Ireland, 9.1 (Spring, 2001): 36–39. 

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

External Examiner, PhD in History, University of Ulster (2017)

External Assessor, REF Preparation Exercise, Department of History, University of Bristol (2017)

Research Officer, History UK (2017-)       

Peer Reviewer, Palgrave Macmillan (2012 and 2013)

Executive Committee Member, British International History Group (2012-17)       

Executive Committee Member, British Fulbright Scholars Association (2011-14)

Peer Reviewer, Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2010)

Technical Editor, John Wiley & Sons (2005)

Peer reviewed articles for Twentieth Century British History, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Irish Historical Studies, Media History, Women's History Review and Parliamentary History